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Former PE Professor bestowed French Legion of Honor

Michael Reuter was a favorite professor of PE and taught Statistics for the Physical Education program before the Human Physiology Department existed. Also known as a wrestling coach when he came to the University of Oregon in the 70’s. Reuter retired from the University of Oregon in 1984.

Much before going to school on the G.I. bill and then receiving his PhD from the University of Illinois, Reuter served in the military starting in 1942 during WWII.

The 93-year-old former Lt. Colonel received France’s highest honor for soldiers, a Knight of the Legion of Honor in a ceremony held in Eugene on Wednesday. After the war, he was also awarded several military honors, The Bronze Star, Purple Heart and others.

Read here for more coverage on the special occasion and why the Lt. Colonel received such high honors…